Carver’s Collection: Mellow Monday featuring Diana Krall

Diana Krall

Photo Credit: Mary McCartney.

The music of Diana Krall is smooth as silk. What better way to relax with my Mellow Monday feature within my daily  musical education series, Carver’s Collection. Between her lush cover tunes and original compositions it’s fair to say; Diana Krall has splendidly filled the void of female vocalists within the smooth jazz genre to fans worldwide and her live performances. By fusing songs from the Traditional Contemporary Pop and jazz music of yester-year, to her own written material, Diana meticulously expresses the elements of music into a timeless splendor!

Perhaps, the most fascinating fact of Diane Krall is her voice. She is considered a contralto, which basically is the range between the difference of being an alto and tenor vocal range, rendering her as the lowest female voice type which is considered rare.

Mellow Monday Music Video featuring Diana Krall.

Diana Krall “Cry Me A River”

Video Credit: 2002 Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd.

Diana KrallPhoto Credit: Mary McCartney.

Turn Up The Quiet‘ is her latest release. Throughout her career Diana Krall manages to reinvent herself, while maintaining her velvet voice as seductive as a night in a low-key smokey nightclub!  ‘Turn Up The Quiet‘ will be a delight to your ears and mind, Experience Diana Krall at her finest!

Some Past History of Diana Krall:

Canadian born, Diana Krall began playing piano at the age of four. Her father played the piano and her mother sang in a community choir. At the age of 15, she performed jazz music at a local restaurant. Eventually she attended Berklee College of Music.

The jazz pianist and singer/songwriter released her first album, ‘Stepping Out‘ in 1993 accompanied by renown bassist, Tom Clayton and jazz drummer, Jeff Hamilton. Her fine voice and intricate piano sound would attract the interest of producer, Tony Liplum. Liplum produced her second album, ‘Only Trust Your Heart‘ in 1995.

The third record  ‘All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio‘ (1996), served her passion to keep the music of by-gone eras alive and solidify her ability to transcend generations. The music industry recognized her dedication and nominated the record for a Grammy Award. The album remained on the Billboard jazz charts for 70 weeks.

The movie, ‘At First Sight’ starring Mia Sorvino and Val Kilmer, featured a stunning version by Krall of “Mack The Knife”; originally recorded by Bobby Darin in 1959. As Diana’s popularity increased, she was featured on two episodes of the television series, ‘Melrose Place’ as herself in 1997-1998.

Krall’s 1990 album release, ‘ The Look In Your Eyes ‘ won two awards for Best Jazz Vocal and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical at the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000. Diana Krall would join Tony Bennett on a 20-city tour in the USA.

In 2003, Diana married British musician, Elvis Costello at Elton John’s estate outside of London, England. Over her impressive career she has recorded 13 studio albums and one live album recorded in Paris, France. She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide. Krall is an endorsee of Steinway & Sons and performs exclusively with Steinway pianos in recording sessions, concerts, and public appearances.

Diana also recorded a song written by Paul McCartney on her 2106 release, ‘WallFlower‘.

Diana Krall’s discography is a refreshing sound of old jazz standards with a modern feel!

Diana KrallI highly recommend her album, ‘The Look Of Love‘ (2001) on Verve Records. The title track, ‘The Look Of Love’ (written by Bert Bachrach/Hal David) was originally recorded by Dusty Springfield, which gained notoriety in the James Bond film, ‘Casino Royal’ in 1967. The Blues/Jazz based tune, “Cry Me A River” written by Arthur Hamilton and recorded by Julie London in 1955, gives you the most reverned feel of Diana’s ability to ooze with a feverish vocal presentation.

The masterpiece originally was written for Ella Fitzgerald, however; after the movie company cut the song from production in 1955, Ella eventually recorded it in 1961. The spirited record also contains some classic renditions written by George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer among other notable music composers.

Another outstanding way to investigate the vibe of Diana Krall is by purchasing ‘The Very Best Of Diana Krall‘ which features a variety of 16 songs!

The Girl In the Other Room‘ is another gem to discover Diana Krall. Her husband, Elvis Costello co-wrote much of the material with Diana. The superb record also contains a song by Tom Waits, and Joni Mitchell.

When I Look In Your Eyes‘ is another brilliant album. Some covers were composed by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin.

Some noteworthy accomplishment of Diana Krall are:

  • In December 2009, Billboard magazine named her the second Jazz artist of the 2000–09 decade, establishing her as one of the best-selling artists of her time.
  • She is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums.
  • Won three Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards.
  •  Earned  nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums as of 2017.
  • 2003 – Honorary Ph.D. fom the University of Victoria.
  • 2004 – Inducted into the Canada Walk of Fame.
  • Honorary board member of Multiple Myelenoma Research Foundation.




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Jim Carver is the President of The Rust Belt Chronicles.

In 2004, Jim graduated from North Central State College with a degree in Business Information Technology. Jim developed "Rock Lines" news report online in 2010.After a trial-run of The Rust Belt Chronicles in April of 2013, Jim decided to make his dream a reality in 2014 by re-launching The Rust Belt Chronicles.

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